LATEST NEWS! June 18, 2020 Hawaii travel, tourism and vacation planning update. Quarantine lifted for INTER-ISLAND / LOCAL travel on June 16, 2020!

Aloha! It is our intent to provide you with distilled information and news updates from the State of Hawaii to assist you with your future travel plans and to more easily stay in touch with what is happening in Hawaii on a daily basis. We are taking the time to read articles, watch news stories and stay on top of things, so you don’t have to. If you ever want to dig in deeper, we provide you with all of the resources and links in the footer of each post like this, so that you can do that if you so choose.

If you have any questions or feedback, let us know at Aloha@LoveHawaiiVillas.com. If you are ready to book your Oahu vacation rental accommodations, connect with our Dir. of Reservations Amber Schoneberg, at Stay@LoveHawaiiVillas.com or by phone at 844-577-8800 Ext. 1.

What is the current status of COVID-19 in Hawaii?

  • 61 new cases reported in the past week, about an average of 8-9 new cases per day
  • Only 1.2% of those who tested positive required hospitalization; meaning 98.8% of people in Hawaii who have tested positive for COVID-19 have NOT required any form of hospitalization prior to recovering.
  • Once again, Hawaii is one of the safest place to be and has some of the lowest COVID-19 cases in the country!

What is the latest on visitor travel?

  • A 14-day mandatory quarantine remains in effect for ALL out-of-state Visitors and returning residents through July 31, 2020. The nature of this quarantine is that you are not allowed to leave your accommodations. (See our June 10, 2020 Breaking News update for more details)
  • As such, we suggest non-residents do not travel to Hawaii until this quarantine has been lifted.
  • Inter-island travel, for Hawaii residents, was resumed on June 16 with no quarantine required.
  • Forms required for quarantine-free inter-island travel; soon to add new technology in conjunction with the forms so that when you’ve completed the forms you could get a digital QR code sent to your phone and could then show that to airport screeners to expedite the process

What rules and processes should we expect when we travel to Hawaii in the future?

  • Once travel IS able to resume, we can certainly expect various safety protocols to be in place. While these have NOT yet been announced or finalized, there has been some talk about POSSIBLE requirements, which MAY include:
    • testing negative prior to boarding a flight to Hawaii
    • testing negative after arriving in Hawaii
    • passing temperature screening
  • Again, no guarantees yet what will be required, but it is safe to assume testing may be required in the initial reopening plans for Hawaii tourism.

What is it like currently in the Islands?

  • Weather is great, of course. It is summer season after all!
  • More and more businesses and restaurants are opening.
  • Dine-in options at restaurants are happening more and more, with masks and social distancing being in place prior to being seated at your table.
  • Grocery stores and big box retailers are largely open.
  • There are still quite a few small businesses closed though that may not reopen until tourism can resume.
  • The unfortunate reality is that some businesses will not be able to survive the financial hardship of this economic and health crisis. We are hearing about businesses closing, on almost a daily basis. It is truly sad to see and our hearts go out to those business owners, their staff members and their clients and customers.

What is the Status of LEGAL Short-Term Rentals in Hawaii?

  • There have been some small wins as of late, with additional media publicity we have been able to be a part of in our industry.
  • LEGAL short-term rentals have now been able to reopen for the inter-island local travelers on the islands of Kauai, Maui and Big Island. The Island of Oahu, governed by Honolulu County rules, still prohibits LEGAL short-term vacation rentals from operating, a questionable practice that appears to violate basic underlying constitutionally protected property rights. There has been talk of a lawsuit related to this overstepping of authority at the state and local level and it is safe to expect that this will become a more heated topic of conversation in the coming days and weeks.
  • The economic impact on the LEGAL short-term rental industry in Hawaii has been massive and there has been very little support or cooperation provided by Hawaii’s Mayors or Governor.
  • I’d like to take a brief moment now to give a plug for our newly-formed HILSTRA organization here in Hawaii. HILSTRA is an acronym for Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rentals Alliance. This is a group I helped to form for the purpose of bringing together ALL of Hawaii’s LEGAL short-term rental owners, managers and vendor businesses that work within this industry. Anyone directly involved in these areas is invited to like and follow our PUBLIC Facebook page and licensed managers of legal short-term vacation rentals are encouraged to join our PRIVATE HILSTRA group to help play an active role in representing property use rights.
  • It is sad that we have many elected officials here in Hawaii who are not willing to appropriately acknowledge the constitutional property rights of LEGAL short-term rental owners and who have instead deemed ALL vacation rentals as non-essential from Day 1.
  • Evidently, they would rather support larger corporations, many of which have out-of-state ties, than the legal small businesses operating here in Hawaii that provide thousands of jobs and generate millions of dollars in tax revenue for Hawaii.
  • Our HILSTRA organization will be advocating on behalf of these rights, which will then translate into MORE accommodation options for YOU, as the Hawaii Traveler.
  • Thank you in advance for anything you can do to support us in this effort!

What are some of the most notable news updates from the past week that relate to Hawaii Travel, Tourism and Vacation planning?

  • Playgrounds at city parks on Oahu will reopen soon; won’t be disinfected so keep that in mind.
  • Aloha Stadium swap meet opened up for business, but it’s not clear who will be shopping there as this is typically more of a tourist attraction. Normally there are 300+ vendors. Now there are about 200.
  • The Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper will soon need to layoff 31 employees nearly half of it’s staff, due to significant economic impact, drop in advertising revenue, which can be correlated to the COVID 19 shutdowns and the lack of tourism for many months now.
  • One local expert predicts that one in four restaurants may not survive the economic crisis
  • Hawaii hotels losing about $150m a month and needing and wanting a reopen date, just as we do in the LEGAL short-term vacation rental industry
  • Dave and Busters arcade and restaurant is set to open Friday
  • Blue Ocean Adventure Tours on Kauai reopens with special deals for kama’aina
  • Waikiki Aquarium reopening soon; from June 22-28 healthcare workers and their families can go to the aquarium for FREE and it will be open to the general public on June 29
  • Regal Cinemas to open in July

That wraps it up for today! Thank you for watching our Hawaii Travel updates and remember to like, subscribe and share!

If you have any questions or feedback, let us know at Aloha@LoveHawaiiVillas.com. If you are ready to book your Oahu vacation rental accommodations, connect with our Dir. of Reservations Amber Schoneberg, at Stay@LoveHawaiiVillas.com or by phone at 844-577-8800 Ext. 1.

Mahalo!

Munro Murdock
Broker, Owner, MBA
Love Hawaii Villas
#RB-22056

LOVE HAWAII VILLAS AND OTHER HILSTRA MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Broker/Owner of Love Hawaii Villas, Munro Murdock, and other HILSTRA members, were interviewed for the following recent news pieces.

MAY 17, 2020: Honolulu Star-Advertiser – COVID-19 restrictions imperil Hawaii vacation rentals

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/05/17/hawaii-news/covid-19-restrictions-imperil-hawaii-vacation-rentals/

MAY 24, 2020: KITV-4: Owners tout vacation rentals as safest post-pandemic travel option

https://www.kitv.com/story/42168460/owners-tout-vacation-rentals-as-safest-postpandemic-travel-option

JUNE 1, 2020: Civil Beat – Path To Reopening Includes Short-Term Rentals

https://www.civilbeat.org/2020/06/path-to-reopening-includes-short-term-rentals/

JUNE 3, 2020: West Hawaii Today – My Turn: Responsible reopening starts here

https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2020/06/03/opinion/my-turn-responsible-reopening-starts-here/

JUNE 7, 2020: Honolulu Star-Advertiser – Column: Healing Hawaii responsibly must include the reopening of legal vacation rentals

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/06/07/editorial/insight/healing-hawaii-responsibly-must-include-the-reopening-of-legal-vacation-rentals/

JUNE 10, 2020: Pacific Business News – Attorney alleges Hawaii, counties discriminate against vacation rentals amid Covid reopenings

https://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2020/06/10/attorney-alleges-hawaii-counties-discriminate-aga.html

JUNE 11, 2020: KITV-4 News – Coronavirus safety standards for hotels vs. vacation rentals: is one better than the other?

https://www.kitv.com/story/42239724/coronavirus-safety-standards-for-hotels-vs-vacation-rentals-is-one-better-than-the-other

JUNE 15, 2020: Travel Weekly – For vacation rentals, a ‘tricky balance’ as they await OK to reopen

https://www.travelweekly.com/Hawaii-Travel/For-Hawaii-vacation-rentals-a-tricky-balance-as-they-await-approval-to-reopen

JUNE 16, 2020: KITV-4 News – Kaua’i, Maui, and Hawai’i Island reopen vacation rentals as interisland travel quarantine is lifted

https://www.kitv.com/story/42256247/kauai-maui-and-hawaii-island-reopen-vacation-rentals-as-interisland-travel-quarantine-is-lifted

MORE TO COME!!!

ARTICLES, RESOURCES AND REFERENCES

(Last 24 hours) State reports 5 new COVID-19 cases

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/06/17/state-reports-new-covid-cases-statewide-total-grows/

June 17, 2020 Hawaii Tourism Authority Update

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/alerts/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/

June 16, 2020 Air Travel Report by HTA

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4737/061620-passenger-count-press-release.pdf

Forms required for quarantine-free inter-island travel

https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/forms-required-for-quarantine-free-inter-island-travel/

Inter-island quarantine lifted, residents jump at chance to reunite with loved ones

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/06/16/inter-island-quarantine-lifted-residents-jump-chance-reunite-with-loved-ones/

Lifting of interisland quarantine brings slight boost to Hawaii’s tourism industry

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/06/17/hawaii-news/lifting-of-interisland-quarantine-brings-slight-boost-to-hawaiis-tourism-industry/

Good news, parents: Playgrounds at city parks on Oahu will reopen soon

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/06/17/good-news-parents-playgrounds-city-parks-oahu-will-reopen-soon/

City park playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment to reopen this Friday

https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/city-park-playgrounds-and-outdoor-exercise-equipment-to-reopen-this-friday/

The lockdown shuttered these Kona businesses, but the absence of tourists is keeping them closed

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/06/18/lockdown-shuttered-these-kona-businesses-lack-tourists-is-keeping-them-closed/

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet opens for business once again

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/06/13/aloha-stadium-swap-meet-open-business-once-again/

Dave & Busters reopens Friday

https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/dave-busters-reopens-friday/

Blue Ocean Adventure Tours on Kauai reopens with breathtaking deals for kama’aina

https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/blue-ocean-adventure-tours-reopens-with-breathtaking-deals-for-kamaaina/

Waikiki Aquarium reopening soon

https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/waikiki-aquarium-reopens/

Regal Cinemas to reopen in July

https://www.khon2.com/local-news/regal-cinemas-to-reopen-in-july/

Hawaii’s largest daily newspaper slashes nearly half of its newsroom positions: Guild

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/06/12/hawaiis-largest-daily-newspaper-cutting-nearly-newsroom-staff/

Expert: 1 in 4 Hawaii restaurants might not weather economic crisis

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/06/11/unable-fill-its-dining-room-landmark-top-waikiki-is-pandemics-latest-casualty/

With extension of traveler quarantine, Hawaii hotels brace for an uncertain future

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/06/11/with-extension-traveler-quarantine-hawaii-hotels-brace-an-uncertain-future/

NEWS MEDIA SOURCES FOR ALL HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

GENERAL HAWAII NEWS MEDIA SOURCES (ALL ISLANDS)

NEIGHBOR ISLAND NEWS SOURCES

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Moloka’i and Lana’i:

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ABOUT US

ABOUT MUNRO MURDOCK:

Munro is the Principal Broker and Owner of Love Hawaii Realty and Love Hawaii Villas. He is a Top 100 Realtor in the State of Hawaii and leads a team of vacation rental industry professionals in providing exceptional property and Guest experiences across their portfolio of privately-managed luxury legal vacation rentals in Hawaii. Munro has been involved with vacation rental marketing and management for more than a decade and is a sought-after leader in the industry. He prides himself on being an early adopter of cutting-edge technologies and in going the extra mile for his Owner and Guest clients. He is passionate about what he does and loves to find ways to innovate and adapt in the face of market changes.

He is a firm believer that by focusing on delivering a high level of service, that everything will take care of itself. He recognizes the lifetime value of Client and Team member relationships and loves to bring his boundless creativity to life in his day-to-day work. Munro is married and lives with his wife and three children and cute little dog in Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii. He loves the outdoors and is as active as he can be with stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, bodyboarding, kite surfing, running, SCUBA diving, traveling and just hanging out with his family around the beaches of Hawaii. 

ABOUT LOVE HAWAII VILLAS:

Love Hawaii Villas is a full-service vacation rental marketing and management firm, specializing in exclusive vacation properties in the Ko Olina Resort, Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore and Hawaii Kai areas on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii. Every year, Travelers from all over the world stay in properties managed by Love Hawaii Villas while visiting Hawaii.

The Team at Love Hawaii also assists Clients with the purchase and sale of Hawaii real estate through the team of licensed Agents and Brokers at Love Hawaii Realty. Love Hawaii was recognized as one of Hawaii’s Best Workplaces in 2019, and is an active member of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA), Rotary International, National Association of Realtors (NAR), Hawaii Association of Realtors (HAR) and Honolulu Board of Realtors (HBR).

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